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  • Asian citrus psyllid nymphs (left), light brown apple moth (middle), and suni bug (right). Any plant pathogen or pest of concern can be a ‘high-risk’ focus for training. Training is typically a minimum of 2 hours in length, but some general NPDN awareness or special topic training may also occur.
  • The First Detector Education program is a train-the-trainer program. PowerPoint presentations and other materials are available to First Detector Educators. Materials can be customized for the needs of local clientele.
  • Almost 4,000 of these record occurred since July 1, 2007.
  • Partnerships are key not only in Florida, but nationwide for program implementation. For example, a representative from EDEN has been actively involved in the NPDN Training & Education subcommittee since its inception. APHIS and state department of agriculture partners have also been actively engaged in training in many instances. Also, several collaborative efforts between the regional IPM centers and diagnostic centers (both funded by CSREES) have occurred. Limited funding for NPDN is available (i.e. only $830,000 for each region in 2007-08). Each state’s budget is only around $39,000, and much of this funding supports diagnostic and information technology needs. Florida does receive more funding that each of the states as the regional center, but most of this funding supports the salaries of Harmon and Hodges (i.e. hired entirely from grants to support SPDN) as well as information technology support. When you consider that this is distributed across 14 entities and that although training is important, it is not the only mission of the NPDN. In fact, much of the training is accomplished through minimal funding, additional supplemental grants, or within-state partnerships. Sometimes partnerships allow us to develop specific educational products as well through collaborative efforts or grants. Emphasize examples of collaborative partnerships during 2007-08 Master Gardener Conference 2) Florida Master Naturalist Conference 3) Various homeowner horticulture venues, booths and other displays 4) SART Also, two ‘How to Conduct First Detector Training Sessions’ have been conducted in cooperation with local county extension agent leaders, FPDN, and IPM Florida. Sylvia Shives (Manatee County) and Alyssa Dodd (Palm Beach County) served as leaders for the central and south Florida training sessions. A central Florida training (Sylvia Shives, lead coordinator) has been completed and a south Florida training (Alyssa Dodd, lead coordinator). The ‘How to Conduct First Detector Training’ sessions trainings held in Florida (i.e. Gillett actively involved in this planning as well) will serve as models for a larger scale ‘How to Conduct First Detector training session’ teleconference training in the spring of 2008. The national teleconference training is a collaborative effort between the IPM Centers, EDEN, and APHIS. Funding provided through a National IPM Extension grant (Hodges, Osborne, and Ludwig).
  • Various pest alerts, developed as collaborative products with the regional IPM Centers, are available for distribution at FD training sessions.
  • Some field identification decks, specifically for mealybugs and thrips, have also been developed collaborative for FDEs. These are available for distribution in more limited quantities, but are also posted online on the North Central IPM Center website.
  • 25 plant pathogens 35 arthropods 24 weeds Wiki pages focusing on content specific for Master Gardeners. Some pages already available and open authorship through the wiki system. Content on these pages in more Master Gardener focused
  • Note: NPDN T&E encouraging state representative trainers to apply for local pesticide CEUs for the NPDN eLearning course. E-Learning program was launched in April of 2008.
  • Remember to mention that the test for this module was just released in the fall of 2009.
  • Note: video has been incorporated in the chilli thrips module. It is also possible to include sound in modules, but this hasn’t been done yet. This is an example of an interactive Flash graphic asking the learner to mouse over the plant to uncover the life cycle stage of chilli thrips currently on the plant. Interactive features included in modules are determined by module authors. Note: the chillli thrips module has also been approved for national CCA CEU’s.
  • All registered First Detectors and First Detector Educators receive the national FD newsletter via e-mail. FD and FDEs are also welcome to submit their success stories to the newsletter.
  • Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health Hodges

    1. 1. Amanda Hodges, Ph.D. University of Florida/IFAS SPDN Regional Center
    2. 2. HTTP://WWW.NPDN.ORG/ 5 Regional Centers: Land Grant University Partners in Every State SPDN NEPDN NCPDN GPDN WPDN NPDN Database at CERIS
    3. 5. HTTP://WWW.NPDN.ORG/ Mission: Accurate and Rapid Pest Diagnosis
    4. 6. HTTP://WWW.NPDN.ORG/ Mission: Appropriate Communications Example Florida: Invasive Pest Records Announced to Public by FDACS-DPI
    5. 8. <ul><li>Promote Awareness Concerning the Threat of Agricultural Bioterrorism and Invasive Species. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Proper Sample Submission. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Localized Training and Field Diagnostic Educational Material to First Detectors. </li></ul>
    6. 9. <ul><li>First Detector Educators (Train-the-Trainer Program) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative Extension Personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First Detectors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Growers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Clientele Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Gardeners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Naturalists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone Involved in Plant Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You! </li></ul></ul>Adrian Hunsberger, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension SPDN Invasive Arthropod Workshop Photo Credit: Julieta Brambila, USDA-APHIS-PPQ
    7. 10. HTTP://WWW.NPDN.ORG/ Mission: First Detector Education 2007 First Detector Training: Miami, Florida Training Coordinators: Mary Lamberts & Adrian Hunsberger
    8. 13. Regional and National Pest Alerts Collaborative Products Go to: for listing of pest alerts. Color Copies of Many Pest Alerts Available Upon Request.
    9. 14. Regional and National Field Identification Decks 2009 2008 Collaborative Products 40 topics, 113 pages 28 topics, 143 pages
    10. 16. E-Learning Peer & Annual Review of Content. 2010-National CEU Approval for CCA’s Download and Print Certificate of Completion HTTP://CBC.AT.UFL.EDU/ Anytime Learning
    11. 17. E-Learning Core CBC Module: Submitting Diagnostic Samples Completed by: 386 Learners
    12. 18. E-Learning Core CBC Module: Diagnosing Plant Problems Completed by: 420 Learners
    13. 19. E-Learning Core CBC Module: Photography for Diagnosis Completed by: 371 Learners
    14. 20. E-Learning Core CBC Module: Disease and Pest Scenarios Completed by: 149 Learners
    15. 21. E-Learning Special Topic Module: Chilli Thrips, 2009 Completed by: 75 Learners
    16. 23. Photos: Mayfield, A. E., Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Forestry Photo: Thomas, M. C. Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry.
    17. 24. First Detector Newsletter First Detectors: Submit your Successes to the Newsletter!
    18. 26. <ul><li>Amanda Hodges, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>SPDN Associate Director </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Extension Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Entomology & Nematology Department </li></ul><ul><li>University of Florida </li></ul><ul><li>Office: (352) 273-3957 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>More NPDN Updates? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>